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Going Solar Part 1 – Installing a 4kW PV Array at the Automated Home

Having watched the price of photovoltaic solar panels steadily fall over the last few years and seeing a drop in incentives looming on the horizon, we decided to pull the trigger on a system for the Automated Home. We had visits from 3 local companies to quote for a 4kW PV system. That’s the largest single […]

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My Belfast Test Drive in a Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous

If you’re a regular Automated Home reader you’ll have noticed a few electric car stories creeping in over the last couple of years along with more Tesla coverage (including their Powerwall) too. I got a quick indoor passenger run in a Model S earlier this year while at the Gadget Show Live at the NEC and […]

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Eco-Heating Systems with a Twist

After working for many years as a production engineer, Patrick Littlehales started to creating his own eco-heating systems. He claims many of the installations he has designed and installed over the last decade end up as ‘zero-cost’ systems which actually return an annual profit to the home owner. A compulsive inventor, he describes his installations as usually incorporating an […]

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SMA Sunny Home Manager Maximises Self Consumption for Solar PV Owners

Exporting the unused energy produced on domestic Solar PV systems is a bad idea. The current rate in our area is only around £0.03 per kWh and some countries are removing export tariffs completely, It’s much better then to use every ounce of your home made energy yourself and well known German manufacturer SMA has a […]

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Efergy Engage Hub Monitors Home Energy Consumption & PV Solar Generation Online

We all know the story, you need to be able to measure something before you can set about implementing changes. It’s no different for your home’s power consumption, so lets get measuring and saving. There are plenty of home energy monitors around but the engage hub kit from UK based Efergy is a little different. Instead of a […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Energenie 30 Minute Run Down Timer Plug

Over complicating stuff can be something of a habit with some home automators but sometimes the KISS principal is best observed. Here’s a gadget that should be a cheaper and more reliable way of automatically turning off those devices we always worry about leaving on… The Rundown Timer is perfect for those of us who leave the […]

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Video: First Tesla Powerwall System Installation on TV

This Ozzy TV Show claims to have the first televised Tesla Powerwall installation. Walt & Dani from Channel 10’s Healthy Homes recently paid a visit while we were installing a Tesla Powerwall home battery system. Get more from your solar power system. There are a lots of interesting DIY projects to build a home Powerwall around. If I was building the Automated […]

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Opinion: Is the Tesla Model 3 the Tipping Point for the EV

Last year Tesla announced the Powerwall, a smart home battery mainly aimed at storing the energy from your renewables to use when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Better know for their cars though, Tesla’s electric vehicle master plan has always been a three pronged attack. First, the low volume, high priced Roadster. […]

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BMW i & Loxone Team Up for Solar Powered Smart Home Charging

I went on a day trip to the Geneva Motor Show last weekend. There was some fab metal on display (here are some photos of my favs). Unsurprisingly there were many new electric vehicles at the show. Plenty I’d never heard of too like the Quantino (the yellow car in photo 13). In an announcement of interest to electric […]

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Loxone Integrates Your Electric Car With Your Home Automation System

  From today Loxone are offering the KEBA KeContact P20 electric car charger. The wall box can be integrated with the Loxone system (including a PV system) to offer an intelligent e-car charging solution. The Miniserver is able to collect all the data about charging necessary to qualify for the government’s homecharge grant (up to £700) and […]

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